SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Frontier Regional High School’s Ross Kellogg is a people person. He says he’s as comfortable talking to other students as he is to people twice his age who he meets at the restaurant where he works part-time. He owes this in part to his parents.
“They’ve always taught me to be kind to other people and open to talking to anybody because you don’t want to close any doors,” said Ross Kellogg.
Being picked as vice president of the national honors society is proof of Kellogg’s curiosity and hard work. Being chosen as vice president of the class of 2012 is proof of his friendliness.
Kellogg likely has a big future ahead of him. But he said sometimes thinking about how to get there can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why Kellogg likes playing soccer, track and basketball.
“My coach always likes to say, be in the moment,” said Kellogg. “And that’s what it’s like being on the court. I don’t have to worry about the future. It’s right then and there.”
Principal Martha Barrett who nominated Kellogg for Student of Character said she doesn’t see a student like him come along very often.
“I think what is most important about Ross is he doesn’t do it for particular personal gain,” said Barrett. “A lot of kids will do things, community service, because they need it for a college application or they need it for an award. He does it because it’s the right thing to do. That comes from within. You can’t fake that.”
Student of Character is sponsored by ABC40, The Republican, MassLive.com, American International College, Big Y World Class Market, and Country Bank. In the spring, one of the students will be awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to AIC, a new laptop from Big Y World Class Market, and a savings bond from Country Bank. All of them are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to AIC.